German Studies


The Major in German Studies will provide you with a rigorous and broad look into the major features that have defined German cultural life since the eighteenth century. The German tradition in literature, thought, art, music, and scientific inquiry has influenced all fields of the humanities, arts, and the social sciences. Whether you’re interested in literature, philosophy, or anything in between, German Studies will expose you to some of the most important works in history.  

Knowledge of the German language is a core component of the major and many of your courses will be taught in German. While you develop German language skills, you will also study cultural works that have made a defining impact on German and European culture. You will build critical reading and viewing skills in order to interpret works of art and evaluate their social and cultural significance.


In an increasingly globalized world, knowing how to speak multiple languages is an incredibly useful skill that can serve to strengthen your career prospects. You may also wish to pursue further study of German language and culture at the graduate level. 

You could become a professional: 

  • Translator 
  • Language teacher 
  • Researcher  
  • Diplomat  

Possible Minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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